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2017-18 Lectures and Events

October 17, 2017: Elizabeth Loentz (University of Illinois at Chicago): “Language and Authenticity: Rural Jews and Western Yiddish in Jacob Picard's 1930s Short Stories.”

February 8, 2018: Martin Widmann (Max Kade Professor): "Writing by Numbers: The Great German Novel and a Sense of a Planet"

February 19. 2018: Reading by author Theodora Bauer, author of Chikago

March 13, 2018: Leif Weatherby: "Hegel 2.0: Cybernetics as German Idealism”

2016-17 Lectures and Events

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft Lecture. March 16, 2017. Anke Pinkert, "A Public in Peril: Memories of 1989 and its Aftermath."

Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft Lecture. March 9, 2017. "The Engineer - An Imaginary History, 1900-1933."

GLL Graduate Student Colloquium. September 6 at 5:15, Lincoln Hall 1026. John Slattery (Graduate Student, University of Illinois) "Mephistopheles, Faust, and the Peak of the Brocken on Walpurgisnacht: Symbolism in Goethe's Faust I"

Fruchbringende Gesellschaft Lecture. Friday, September 16, 3 pm, 2090 B Foreign Languages Building. German author, Ulrich Peltzer, will be reading from his current work.

Thursday, October 27, 5:30 pm, 1080 Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building. Mark Safstrom (Lecturer of Swedish and Scandinavian Studies, University of Illinois) "The Religious Origins of Democratic Pluralism: The Politics of the Swedish Awakening, 1868-1917"

2015-16 Lectures and Events

GLL Graduate Student Colloquium. April 5. Charles Webster (Visiting Instructor, University of Illinois) "Identity Formation and Language Use During Study Abroad: The Student Perspective"

Tuesday, March 29, 5:15 pm, 1080 FLB, Lucy Ellis Lounge. Professor Christiane Ackermann (Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor, Universität Tübingen) "On the Invention of the Lyrical Eye: The Poetics of Heinrich von Morungen"

Tuesday, February 2, 5:15 pm, 1080 FLB, Lucy Ellis Lounge. Laurie Johnson (Associate Professor of German, University of Illinois) " Forgotten Dreams: Werner Herzog's Romantic Cinema"

Monday, November 30, 5:30 pm, 1080 FLB, Lucy Ellis Lounge, Professor Mara Wade (Professor of German, University of Illinois) "From Emblematica Online to Emblems and Early Modern Social Networks"

GLL Graduate Student Colloquium. September 14th. Lauren Hansen (GLL Graduate Student, University of Illinois): "The Poetics of the Search in Hans-Ulrich Treichel's Anatolin"

2014-2015 Lectures and Events

GLL Graduate Student Colloquium. Tuesday, March 3rd. Johannes Fröhlich (GLL Graduate Student, University of Illinois): "Dearest Silhouette," Two female Portraits in 18th Century German Literature.

GLL Graduate Student Colloquium. Tuesday, March 3rd. Jeff Castle (GLL Graduate Student, University of Illinois): "Rilke's Paris: Intermedial Relationships between Prose and the Visual Arts in Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge"

Monday, March 9, 12:00–1:00 PM, FLB 2090B: Dr. Viktoria Gutsche of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg will speak on "Der aufsehenerregende Fall des Franz Ferdinand Engelberger. Filiationen eines Kriminalfalls in Erzählsammlungen des 17. Jahrhunderts."

Thursday Jan 29, 5:15 pm. FLB G48, Dr. Petra Watzke (Lecturer, University of Illinois) will give a lecture titled: "The GDR's Imaginary Indians: Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich's Die Söhne der großen Bärin and its DEFA adaptation.

Wednesday Nov 12, 3:00-6:00, location TBA. Hans Rudolf Vaget (Professor Emeritus of German Studies and Comparative Literature, Smith College) will speak on “German Music and German Catastrophe: The Mann-Schoenberg Controversy

Thursday Oct 30, 5:15-6:15, FLB 2090B. Sarah Henneböhl (Germanic PhD candidate, University of Illinois) presents in the Deutsches Seminar: “The Colony as White Gender Utopia: Frieda von Bülow's
Colonial Writings.”

Tuesday Oct 14, 7:30, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. “Beethoven, Thomas Mann, and Utopia: The Mystery of Opus 111”: A performance and lecture by William Kinderman (Music) with discussion led by Harry Liebersohn (History).

Monday Sept 22, 5:15 pm,FLB Lucy Ellis Lounge. Werner Sollors (Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University) will be discussing his new book, The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s.

2013-2014 Lectures and Events

"Schnitzler's Scandals." A colloquium hosted by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Theater, and the School of Music, April 29, 2014. Talks by faculty from the University of Illinois-UC, University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Minnesota. Premiere of Love Games (new adaptation of Schnitzler's Reigen) at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, April 29-30, 2014, with pre-performance talks by the composer, musical director, and faculty of Germanic Languages and Literatures. See the flyer here.

Theodora Bauer, novelist (Vienna). Reading from the new nove Das Fell der Tante Meri, April 24, 2014. See the flyer here.

Mariah Larsson, European Union Center Visiting Scholar (Stockholm University). "Fictionalizations of a Welfare State Sex Scandal: The Re-Telling of Historical Events and Call Girl (2012)" (April 3, 2014)

Peter Gilgen (Cornell University), "Case/Law: On Heinrich von Kleist's Der verlegene Magistrat," March 13, 2014.

Olof Hedling, Fulbright Hildeman Visiting Scholar in the Scandinavian Program in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures (Lund University), "The Trouble with Stars: Vernacular vs. Global Stardom in Two Forms of European Popular Culture." Thursday March 6th, 5:15PM, Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB.

Margrit Vogt, Visiting Distinguished Max Kade Professor (Universität Flensburg/University of Illinois), "Negerplastik! Carl Einsteins kunsttheoretisches und kunstkritisches Dilemma," February 19, 2014.

Arne Lunde (UCLA), “Sex and Eroticism in Ingmar Bergman's Swedish Films of the 1940s and 50s” (February 6, 2014)

Conference: How Radical Was the Enlightenment?; November 2013

Conference: Textures of Technology-Film Production and Aesthetics; September 2013

Conference: Mobilizing Difference - Gender, Islam, and the Production of Contemporary Europeanness; September 2013

2012-2013 Lectures and Events

Matthias Erdbeer, Visiting Distinguished Max Kade Professor (Universität Münster), "A Language In-Between. Aesthetic Modeling in Para-Sciences and Para-Arts" (April 30, 2013)

Esra Ozyurek (University of California-San Diego), lecture on "Being German, Becoming Muslim: Religious Conversion, Islamophobia, and Belonging in Germany" (March 29, 2013) and workshop on "Muslim-Only Holocaust Education" (March 29, 2013)

Arctic 2013. Summer & Spring 2013

Amir Eshel (Stanford University), "Hannah Arendt's Poetics and Politics of Insertion" (February 19, 2013)

Amir Eshel (Stanford University), "Futurity: On Poetry and the Arts After the Shoah" (February 18, 2013)

Troy Storfjell (Pacific Lutheran University), "Until the Sun Returns: Sami Cultural Resilience" (February 12, 2013)

Yasemin Yildiz (University of Illinois), "Beyond the Mother Tongue" (January 22, 2013)

Judith Ryan (Harvard University), "Their Own Worlds of Ice: Arctic Exploration in Christoph Ransmayr and W.G. Sebald" (November 13, 2012)

Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre (Stockholm University), "Literary and Cultural Historiography: Telling Early Modern Life Stories from a Gender Perspective" (October 22, 2012)

Kristina Hagström Ståhl (Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts),"Dreams and Kitchens and Visual Scores: Perspectives on Staging Strindberg Today" (October 16, 2012)

Digital Humanities Symposium (October 4, 2012)

Chip Sheffield (Rochester Institute of Technology), "The Melancholic Impulse in Scandinavian Modernism" (October 2, 2012)

August Strindberg Centenary Commemoration Events, Fall 2012

Freddie Rokem (Tel Aviv University),‘“The Truth is Concrete”: Bertolt Brecht’s and Walter Benjamin’s Crude and Sublime Thinking" (September 18, 2012)

Conference on Experimental and Empirical Approaches to Politeness and Impoliteness (August 29-31)

2011-2012 Lectures and Events

Midwest Symposium in German Studies (April 13-14, 2012).

Film Screening and Discussion: "Germany in Autumn" (April 9, 2012)

Graduate Student Diskussionsrunde on research, with Carl Niekerk (April 2012)

German Colloquium discussion of Hans Hermann Meyer, "Die blutige Hochzeit zu Habenhausen" (March 26, 2012)

Graduate Student Diskussionsrunde on research, with Anke Pinkert (March 2012)

Graduate Student Diskussionsrunde on research, with Laurie Johnson (February 2012)

Graduate Student Diskussionsrunde on publication during graduate study, with Stephanie Hilger (December 2011)

German Colloquium discussion of Edmund De Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss (November 30, 2011).

Professor Merrill Kaplan (Ohio State University), "Practical Uses for Severed Body Parts in Old Norse Myth and Literature" (November 4, 2011)

Conference on Change Through Exchange: Promoting Global Leadership Via Academic Exchange (October 27-28).

Deutsches Seminar: Brad Blair, "'A Starving Artist': Challenges in Translating Franz Kafka" (October 17, 2011)

2010-2011 Lectures and Events

Midwest Symposium in Germanic Studies (April 15-16).

Andrea Geier, Visiting Distinguished Max Kade Professor (Universität Trier), "Verlebendigung und Historisierung von Geschichte: DDR und Mauerfall in der Literatur seit der Jahrtausendwende."

Professor Glenn Ehrstine (University of Iowa), "Late Medieval Play Spectatorship between Private and Public Devotion"

Professor Toril Moi (Duke University), "Hedda's Silences: Skepticism and Modernity in Hedda Gabler" and "What Does It Mean to Claim that Sex, Gender and the Body are Socially Constructed?"

Professor Christopher Oscarson (Brigham Young University), "Toxic Discourse and the Definition of Europe"

2009-2010 Lectures and Events

Symposium on "Representing Transnationalism: Germanic Languages and Cultures in Global Perspective"

Professor Barbara Hahn (Vanderbilt University), "Kafka's Wife and the Children of Bruno Schulz"

Professor Yasemin Yildiz (University of Illinois), "Beyond the Mother Tongue? The Postmonolingual Condition in Art and Literature"

Dr. Andrea Grafetstaetter (Universität Bamberg) and Visiting Distinguished Max Kade Professor (University of Illinois), "'daz geschiht von mannes minne'. Szenische und ikonographische Visualisierung heldenepischer Paarbeziehungen am Beispiel von Siegfried und Kriemhild"

Professor Gerhard Lauer (Universität Göttingen), "Das Erdbeben von Lissabon und die Katastrophensemantik des 18. Jahrhunderts"

Professor Mark McCulloh (Davidson College), "Image and Dichtung in W.G. Sebald"